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How to Get Rid of Age Spots:
Causes, Prevention & Fading Treatments for Liver Spots

Age spots are always an unwelcome sight. While they may be associated with old age, men and women in their twenties develop age spots as well. Once they make an appearance, the search for answers and treatment options begins.

Common Places to Get Age, Brown and Liver Spots

Age spots, or liver spots, often appear on the backs of hands, arms, shoulders, and the face. They are flat, discolored areas and are mostly circular in shape, but can be irregular. These discolorations can range from deep brown to light tan in color.

It is important to note that any unusual skin blemishes require evaluation by a medical professional. Some skin cancers go untreated because they are mistaken for age spots, freckles, or moles.

What Causes these Spots to Appear?

There are many contributing factors in the development of age spot discoloration, but the bottom line is sun exposure causes age spots. Tanning beds and long periods of exposure to sunlight without proper skin protection produce these discolorations.

Other popular theories suggest impaired liver function, an overabundance of free radicals in the body, and poor diet contribute to the development of age spots when combined with sun exposure.

Genetic predisposition plays a role in the development of most undesirable conditions, and age spots are no exception. Some people will develop age spots despite preventative measures.

How to Prevent Age and Liver Spots

The best defense against age spots is protection from the sun. Sun block, protective clothing, and limiting time in direct sunlight will drastically reduce your chances of developing age spots.

Basic lifestyle changes are helpful in reducing the appearance of new age spots. Consuming plenty of pure water per day, eating fresh fruits, green leafy vegetables, and getting regular exercise assist your body in naturally defending itself from free radicals, skin damage, and toxin build-up. Medical professionals also recommend avoiding concentrated sugars, preservatives, caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, and fats.

Skin Treatment Options to Reduce and Fade Appearance of Spots

Fortunately, many treatment options are available. Some women are content with simply covering the discolorations with make-up. Others opt for bleaching treatments or removal of the damaged skin.

  • Bleaching or Lightening Discoloration

    Women interested in reducing the visibility of age spots often choose over-the counter treatments to bleach the affected skin. Many women find relief from an old-fashioned beauty fade cream. These treatments fade the discolorations, but subsequent sun exposure will result in reappearance of the age spots.

    Hydroquinolone creams are effective in fading age spots in fair-skinned individuals. These creams should not be used by anyone with darker skin tone, as a darkening of the age spots may occur with usage.

  • Specialty In Office Facial Treatments

    Many specialty facial treatments remove the discolored area to reveal lighter, undamaged skin as the body heals. Removing the damaged layer of skin often involves some level of discomfort or recover time and specially trained professionals perform these procedures. Treatments include laser surgery, chemical peels, freezing, and microdermabrasion.

  • Possible Natural Treatments to Remove Spots

    Many people seek out a homeopathic cure for age spots rather than resorting to harsh treatments. Some popular vitamin supplements are vitamins C and E, Zinc, Selenium, Beta Carotene, and Potassium. One popular natural home remedy is pure lemon juice. Rub fresh juice into the affected skin, allow air-drying, and follow with moisturizer every day until faded. Don't over do this treatment since it can be very drying to skin. A honey and yogurt facial can help fade age spots as well.

Deciding to remove or fade your age spots is easier today, thanks to the number of options available. You can choose from cover-ups, natural remedies, bleaching, or complete removal. You do not have to live with unpleasant age spots; treatment can begin in your own kitchen and prevention starts with wearing sunscreen everyday.

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